The Hope for a Sustainable Future: A Look at Don Bosco School of Theology's Eco-Theology Initiative
As the world faces an array of environmental challenges, the question that resonates in the minds of many is whether there's hope for our planet to survive. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem, but hope is not the absence of fear, it's the courage to face it.
Father Francis Gustilo, the President of Don Bosco School of Theology (DBST), has a vision of achieving critical mass and reaching a tipping point for lasting global change. Last January 27, 2023, the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS), led by its president and founder, Mr. Crispian Lao, celebrated the launch of a groundbreaking initiative - the Eco-Theology Certificate Course offered by DBST during its 40th year anniversary. What better way to honor this milestone than to create awareness of the importance of protecting our environment, as this event also coincides with the celebration of Zero Waste Month.
Rooted in the Catholic Church's long-standing commitment to the care of God's creation, the course is guided by Pope Francis' Laudato Si'. The aim of this program is to promote the message of the encyclical, providing participants with the tools and inspiration to launch personal and community initiatives that preserve our Common Home.
DBST, as part of the Don Bosco Green Alliance (DBGA), is leading the Laudato Si movement in the Philippines. The DBGA is an international Green Salesian Movement of people from the Salesian Family institutions, who contribute to global environmental action, thought, and policy.
Since August of last year, PARMS has collaborated with the Don Bosco School of Theology to improve its waste management practices. Father Gustilo's tenacity and dedication to both the environment and the people have been an inspiration for us.
The progress made in just a few months has left us in awe of what more can be achieved. As a chosen partner of DBST in their waste management program, PARMS is honored to play a role in shaping a more sustainable future for the Philippines. Together with the Don Bosco Green Alliance, we will work towards a shift in mindset that leads to a more sustainable future for all.
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Zed Avecilla, Program Director of Zero Waste to Nature, Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) Inc.
Emmanuel (God-with-us) Television Network Philippines (ETVN).